Peter Root
From the 1889 Goodspeed History
          Peter Root, another successful tiller of the soil and prominent stock raiser of Burdine Township, was born in Middle Sweden, Skofde, November 11, 1850, and is the son of John and Joannah Root. The father was a blacksmith by occupation, and came to America in 1869. He settled at Moline, Ill., but subsequently returned to Sweden. Peter Root learned farming and railroading in the old country, and in 1871 crossed the ocean to America. He first located in Putnam County, N. Y., and worked in the Tilly Foster Iron Mines there for four years. In 1874 he came to Missouri, and worked at farming near Verona until 1878, when he started for Prescott, Ariz., and went from there to Albuquerque, N. Mex., where he spent eighteen months; thence to Silver Cliff, Colo., and finally to Cabool, Mo., where he has since remained. He was married at Verona, Mo., to Miss Anna Gustafson, a native of Sweden, who came to America in 1872. To this marriage were born four sons and one daughter: Albert, Carl, Edward, Ellen, Dora and John William. Mr. Root as 160 acres of nice land, and pays considerable attention to the raising of fine stock. He has served with credit as a member of the school board, and he and wife are worthy members of the Lutheran Church.


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